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Google Putting a Hurtin’ on RIM

You may be getting tired of my Android is Now Outselling XYZ articles but this could be the last one: Android phones are now outselling Blackberries (and iPhones and Nokias – everybody) in the US. During Q2 of 2010, according to the NPD Group, 33% of all smartphones sold have Android under their hoods, RIM at 28% and iPhones carrying 22%.

Data on WinMo, WP7 and Kin was nowhere to be found.

Android has dethroned RIM from a three year uninterrupted ride at the top of quarterly sales, a coup muscled largely in part by the Droid, the Droid Incredible, the Droid Eris, the EVO 4G and the Hero which are all fairly high-end phones which are being joined by a slew of other high-end buddies like the EPIC to smack everyone down even harder come Q3.

When asked about Android being free, Google bossman Eric Schmidt responded just after he revealed that daily Android activations are up to 200K, “Trust me that [mobile search] revenue is large enough to pay for all of Android’s activities and a whole bunch more.” Evidently either Google’s doing something right or RIM’s making deals with Middle Eastern countries to let their enterprise customers be freely spied upon didn’t make a huge positive impact on RIM’s sales.

Hey David K, if you want to pay me that fifty you’ll most certainly owe me next year right now and get it over with rather than prolonging the pain of watching Microsoft fail to catch up to anyone other than Palm, I accept Google Checkout.

Doug Simmons